Treatment Of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

Written by Emily Ledbetter
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Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common endocrine disorder in women, affecting an estimated five to ten million women of reproductive age. Women who have PCOS often have a number of apparently unrelated symptoms, including abnormal bleeding, infertility, obesity, excess hair growth, hair loss and acne. The condition likely has a genetic component and those affected often have both male and female relatives with adult-onset diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure and/or female relatives with infertility, excess hair growth and menstrual problems. Ultrasound reveals that polycystic-appearing ovaries are another common symptom among women with PCOS, but it is believed that PCOS may be present in women who don't fit the traditional medical profile.

Proper Diagnosis

Medical experts have yet to come to an agreement on the preferred method for diagnosing PCOS. It is estimated that only 25 percent of women with PCOS have been diagnosed, largely due to the fact that doctors and researchers have only recently begun to understand the syndrome. Most physicians will consider a diagnosis of PCOS after ruling out other conditions such as Cushing's disease (overactive adrenal gland), thyroid problems, congenital adrenal hyperplasia or pituitary gland dysfunction.

Treatment Ideas

In recent years, the natural approach to PCOS has been gaining more attention and popularity. A number of vitamin supplements and herbal remedies have been associated with the successful management of PCOS. Since PCOS can also be associated with other serious health conditions including diabetes and blood clotting disorders, it is important that individuals consult with a physician before exploring any natural PCOS treatments.
• Chromium
Chromium is an extremely important mineral if you have PCOS. A deficiency of chromium can lead to insulin resistance, which is a key problem in the case of PCOS; too much insulin can be circulating but it is unable to control your blood sugar (glucose) levels.
• B vitamins
The B vitamins are very important in helping to correct the symptoms of PCOS. Vitamins B2, B3, B5 and B6 are particularly useful for controlling weight and any deficiencies in these vitamins can affect thyroid function and consequently affect the metabolism.
• Zinc
Zinc is an important mineral for appetite control and a deficiency can cause a loss of taste and smell, creating a need for stronger-tasting foods which are often fattening. Zinc is also necessary for the correct action of many hormones, including insulin, so it is extremely important in balancing blood sugar. It also functions together with vitamins A and E in the manufacture of thyroid hormone.
• Magnesium
Magnesium levels have been found to be low in people with diabetes and there is a strong link between magnesium deficiency and insulin resistance. It is, therefore, an important mineral to include for those people suffering from PCOS.

Herbal supplements are extremely useful in the treatment of PCOS because they enhance liver function, impacting the efficiency of the metabolic process. Three common herbs used in PCOS treatment are agnus castus, saw palmetto and milk thistle.


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